The Best Time To Start Taking Hay Fever Tablets

The Best Time To Start Taking Hay Fever Tablets

It’s around this time you need to start taking your Hay Fever tablets 

It is starting to get warmer, the trees are blossoming and hayfever is on its way. Hayfever affects 1 in 5 people and is a common allergic condition which is caused by pollen. Pollen is a fine powder released by plants as part of their reproductive cycle. Pollen contains proteins that can cause the nose, eyes, throat and sinuses (small air-filled cavities behind your cheekbones and forehead) to become swollen, irritated and inflamed.

 

Symptoms: 

The symptoms of hay fever are caused when a person is allergic to pollen. Some People find that their symptoms improve as they get older. Around half of the people report some improvement in symptoms after several years. In around 10%-20% of individuals, symptoms go away completely. Some symptoms of hay fever are:

  • Itchy eyes
  • A runny nose
  • Sneezing

 

 

Treatment:

There isn’t currently a cure for hayfever but there are many hayfever treatments available to relieve symptoms. In an ideal world, the best way to control hayfever would be to avoid exposure to pollen (staying inside!) but that’s easier said than done! Most cases of hayfever can be controlled using over the counter medication, such as Piriton allergy tab,  Loratadine Tablets, Cetirizine Tablets, Benadryl, Clarityn and Zirtek but some cases may be too troublesome and should be treated by your GP in case a prescription medication is needed.

Who it affects:

Hay fever is one of the most common allergic conditions. It is estimated that there are more than 10 million people with hay fever in England. Hay fever usually begins in childhood or during the teenage years, but you can get it at any age. The condition is more common in boys than in girls. In adults, men and women are equally affected. Hay fever is more likely if there is a family history of allergies, particularly asthma or eczema.

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